Seattle, WA 98107
Seattle Weekly's Description
You have to admire someone who is trying to do something new with hot drinks in a town with a compulsion for coffee. Jeannie Liu founded and runs this shop smack in the middle of Ballard Avenue's hip zone, where she has blended coffee-shop cool with the inherent mellow vibe of the tea leaf. If you don't know much about tea, you'll have a few head-scratching moments trying to decide what to order on this huge menu. Within the category of black tea, for example, more than 50 different varieties must be pondered. It just gets more complicated when you move onto the other categories - green, oolong, white, roobiyos, yellow, chai, yerba matte and the botanicals. Once you choose what to drink, think about a pastry or chocolate as accompaniment.
Tips from foursquare
250 varieties of loose tea, chais, or black tea/matcha/yerba mate lattes. A light menu features crepes, both savory and sweet, and sandwiches of the sort that require two hands to hold.
try their traditional chai.
This art-savvy shop participates in the monthly Ballard neighborhood art walk on the second Saturday of the month.
The Detox tea is amazing
Well over 200 loose-leaf teas, herbals, and blends, all available hot or iced. And to eat: crêpes, including one made with tea-infused summer berries.